Top Ten Van Manufacturers Insured for 2011

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Autonet Insurance, the UK’s leading van insurance broker and the recent winner of the 6 Towns Radio Entrepreneur of the year award 2011 has conducted research using their own internal database of clients to determine which vans were the most popular for 2011.

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Ian Donaldson

The fact that Ford came out on top is no surprise. This indicates to us that the multinational van manufacturers have still got a lot of work to do to tempt consumers into the showrooms.

Autonet Insurance, the UK’s leading van insurance broker and the recent winner of the 6 Towns Radio Entrepreneur of the year award 2011 has conducted research using their own internal database of clients to determine which vans were the most popular for 2011.

Their investigation unearthed some surprising results showing a substantial difference compared to other manufacturers.
The findings revealed the most popular manufacturer in 2011 for customers insured by Autonet is Ford with 29.1% and the Ford Transit was the most popular model. The second most insured manufacturer was Vauxhall with 15.8% and in third place was Citroen with 8.3% of customers being insured by Autonet.

Autonet say that there are a number of factors that may have influenced the results. Let’s start with the type of manufacturer it is, Ford who are a worldwide company, years of experience and the vehicle it is, a diesel. Diesels have always been renowned for their longer life spans, lasting approx. 50,000 miles more than their Petrol counterpart. Throw in other factors such as the economic downturn and you can see why the Ford Transit is an ideal alternative to other more expensive vans.
Ian Donaldson, Managing Director of Autonet Insurance commented: “The fact that Ford came out on top is no surprise. This indicates to us that the multinational van manufacturers have still got a lot of work to do to tempt consumers into the showrooms.”

Interesting as these results are, Autonet furthered their investigation into what was the most common type of occupation during this time. Research into their records indicated that a builder came top with 9.2% policies insured against this occupation. This was then followed by a Company Director occupation with 5.6%. The third most confirmed occupation insured against a van is a Managing Director with 4%.

It is clear to see the rise in redundancies and unemployment has most likely led to the rise in self-employed occupations.

Top Ten Insured Vans for 2011
Ford    29.1%
Vauxhall    15.8%
Citroen    8.3%
Renault    7.2%
Mercedes    6.2%
Peugeot     5.6%
Volkswagen    5.3%
Fiat    3.6%
Nissan    3.5%
Toyota    1.8%

Top Ten Occupations for 2011
Builder     9.2%
Company Director     5.6%
Managing Director    4.0%
Carpenter     4.0%
Joiner     3.6%
Painter and Decorator    3.5%
Plumbing and Heating Engineer    3.2%
Electrician    3.1%
Retired     2.4%
Plasterer    2.2%

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Amanda Bainbridge
Autonet Insurance Group
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